The Supreme Court made way for New York Prosecutor, Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. to obtain former President Donald Trump’s tax returns. Prosecutors in New York will receive eight years of the former president’s tax returns and financial records.
New York City prosecutors now have permission to acquire Trump’s “records as part of an ongoing investigation into possible tax, insurance and bank fraud in Trump’s business empire,” Politico reports.
The Court’s decision turns down Trump’s application for a stay of the lower court’s order, which would permit Trump’s attorneys to file a petition appealing for full Supreme Court review. Instead however, New York attorneys will be able to dive into Trump’s records endlessly looking for illegal content.
There was no explanation for the denial by the justices and no member of the court showed any signs of opposition.
On August 20, 2020, a federal judge rejected an appeal by Trump to prevent New York prosecutors from acquiring his tax records.
A federal appeals court re-visited those statements in October 2020, eventually rejecting them and encouraging Trump’s attorneys to make a different case in front of the Supreme Court. An agreement with New York Prosecutor, Vance put the subpoena on stay while the justices thought over Trump’s request. A stay would have prevented the subpoena from being enforced during the time that the petition for review is pending.
The application is Trump v. Vance, No. 20A63 in the Supreme Court of the United States.